Christian Louboutin: "If something you wear creates joy then there's value in it"

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As we head into the long celebratory Jubilee weekend, footwear designer Christian Louboutin is here to offer up some much-welcomed advice on building the perfect holiday capsule wardrobe and investing in pieces that will last you for years to come.

Having launched his eponymous brand in the early '90s, Louboutin has been designing his signature red-soled shoes for more than 30 years. This month, he's launching a beach-themed pop-up in London's Selfridges, featuring shoes, clothing and accessories for men and women, so is perfectly placed to offer advice on summer style - whether you're spending the bank holiday at home, partaking in one of the many commemorative events up and down the country, or are jetting off to sunnier climes (in which case, he suggests packing spare "slip-on shoes" for the plane).

Photo credit: Donato Sardella - Getty Images
Photo credit: Donato Sardella - Getty Images

Below, the designer shares his top tips for investing in a timeless capsule wardrobe this summer and beyond:

1/ Make considered purchases

"First of all, buy something you really love. It will make sure you take good care of it and keep it forever."

2/ Pay attention to how a product is made

"Buy items that are beautifully made, with a real savoir-faire and an expert hand behind. You can be sure the artisan who made it has put as much love in making it, so you will cherish this object."

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3/ Don't overlook accessories

"There is an ease and simplicity with summer wardrobes, so shoes and accessories can be so impactful to elevate holiday outfits from the day at the beach to the evening dinner... The ultimate summer shoe for me is the classic espadrille. Light weight and comfortable with the traditional rope sole, I can wear it with everything."

4/ Don't take holiday style too seriously

"Have fun with it!... I tend to gravitate towards colours and playful prints in my holiday wardrobe. For the Selfridges pop-up a lot of the pieces in the collection feature prints - in fact, the Odyssey print was inspired by my travels to the Cyclades islands in Greece and brought to life through illustrations by my friend, the illustrator Konstantin Kakanias."

5/ Consider how that piece makes you feel

"It’s reductive to think that fashion and what we wear is frivolous and purely superficial. What we wear has an effect on how we feel; it can also be a mode of expression and an outlet for creativity for a lot of people. I’m of the belief that if something you wear can create a little bit of joy then there is value in it."

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The 'Loubi's on the Beach' pop-up will be open at the Selfridges Corner Shop from 6 June until 4 July.

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